The Eucharist is not just one sacrament among seven but the source and summit of the other six. In this book, Oliver Treanor examines the dynamic relationship between the Eucharist and the others, its primacy and centrality in the magnificent sacramental infrastructure of the Catholic Church that undergirds the life of the faithful and makes possible the true worship of God that Christ desired.
This important and compelling study asks what precisely God is doing in the sacraments through the Eucharist and why our knowledge of Christ and the Church, of the Holy Spirit, and of divine revelation and of salvation as unity depends on the idea of sacrament and on the Eucharistic reality, without which Christianity itself would be rendered meaningless and ineffective.
Father Oliver Treanor is a priest of the Diocese of Down and Connor. He has been a lecturer in Systematic Theology at the Pontifical University, Maynooth, since 1996. He has served on the Department of Theological Questions and Inter-Church Meeting, and is currently on the Episcopal Commission for Clergy, Seminaries and the Permanent Diaconate.
Maelstrom of Love is a superb theological resource for theologians, theology students and those with an interest in the sacramental treasures of the Church, bringing multi-faceted clarity to the interpretation of the Sacrament of the Eucharist and its centrality to the Church's life and meaning.
- Dr Mary McCaughey, Lecturer in Systemic Theology, St Patick's College, Maynooth